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to african countries that trade with the u.s. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> host: senator mark pryor's joining us on "the communicators" this week. he's chair of the commerce subcommittee on communications technology and the internet. senator pryor, your full committee recently approved tom wheeler to be fcc nominee. senator cruz, your colleague, has talked about putting a hold on that nomination. is there any word on that right now? >> guest: well, we're working on that. let me first say thank you for having me on, it's great to be on the show, and also let me say thank you to c-span for all the public interest broadcasting they do. it's great. i know you don't belief this, people in arkansas say, hey, i saw you on c-span, so i want to thank c-span for what they did k. let me get back to the tom wheeler nomination. basically, there's a sentiment within the senate that we ought to pair this with a republican nominee. i think everybody's comfortable with tom wheeler as far as i know, but the r
-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> senator mark pryor is joining us this week on "the communicators." your full committee recently approved tom wheeler to the sec. senator cruz,, has talked about putting a hold on that nomination. any word on that right now? >> we are working on that. the may 1 say, thank you for having me on. people in arkansas to watch c- span lot, i want to thank c-span for what they do. back to the tom wheeler nomination, basically there is sentiment within the senate that we ought to repair this with the republican nominee. have acans would like to republican to go alongside the process. the problem is the we have not thecially released republican name that they want nominated. hopefully we will get this done quickly and senator rockefeller has said this publicly that he wanted to expedite that. my view is that you do not have to pare them. it ink that if we can do such a way that it does not , it will beme protracted and i would go ahead to try to get tom wheeler on. >> one of the co
to focus on. the other thing you haven't mentioned yet which is critical is rural america. you mentioned we had a hearing on rural america. the economics of rural america really haven't changed. it's just like back in the old days we couldn't get electricity in rural america. they couldn't get telephone service and a lot of this is changing. there is a lot of change in this world and we just made -- need to make sure that rural america is not left out. >> guest: i drove home to michigan this week and i couldn't help but knows precisely what you are referring to which is the cell phone coverage varies greatly and obviously the rural areas are the areas where it is not a strong. what can be done about this? we do have things -- shifted to wireless but most of it is going towards wired rodkin so what can be done in the wireless space? >> guest: well this is something i think the fcc has grappled with and the house and senate have grappled with this. i don't think we have a clear answer in terms of a clear consensus but a lot of what we talk about here is money. the economics of providing rural
is this year her share of the federal debt is $54,000. every man, woman, and child in america owes a piece of that debt. now what congress has not figured out how to do is balance the budget. i think the essence of this program, and we talk about this money coming in, and 90% forever , the question is, who is paying for it? we borrow all this money from china. china has a billion people in the navy. we have to pay them back one day. that is what the essence of the discussion is. it boils down to, i'm not trying to judge what i'm telling you, but i think the essence here of what they are talking about is what is the proper of role of government and what is the proper role of the taxpayers and how much more of this should be taxed, paid for, and how much should be spent. that's really what this is caught up in. it's not about congress' benefits. ot this time anyway. >> one of the things when we passed obama care, we made some changes in medicare. i think everybody in here remembers $716, the number of billions of dollars. when the dust settles, the congressional research service estimates th
in the physics of spectrum in america. and a lot of the problem we can help resolve if we were included at the ground level if it works all right it is not put out the has to go back and go back, with the result a lot of these things together with the coalition we have formed with the broadband community. there's a community of interest here to get it done as quickly as possible and right with the least amount of disruption. >> is that why nab said at a recent hearing, some described as a win-win for the broadcast industry? at this point, you was seven for a win-win tie why is that? >> because spectrum is a finite. it, you doot have not have a crop. if you want to talk about corner peas, i know or something about that. we are talking about a significant public policy. should this nation have a dedicated process ban? -- and thenext answer is clearly, yes. a medium that does video like nobody else can. if you took all of our spectrum and tried to do all video through our been, there is not enough spectrum to do video one- to-one. which again, it is live, local, free. it is important. on c
of the syrian civil war. live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c- span. c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> has technology plateaued? >> no, absolutely not. absolutely not. changingy is always and always coming up -- technology companies are always coming up with something new and there are new technology companies all the time .ntubating -- incubating a lot of them are in stealth mode. certain technologies plateau and things move on. in general, no. not at all. >> i ask that because the last couple years we have had the explosion of smartphones, the tablets coming online, what is out there? >> first of all, there are vast numbers of people especially in less developed countries, but even in developed countries who don't own a smartphone. certainly there are vast numbers that don't own a tablet. to give you a rough example, apple which leads in the tablet market, has sold somewhere around 160 million ipads since 2010. that is a remarkable achievement . i don't own any stock in any of these companies. that makes them
that the peoples are presented as must be invested in what america does abroad. now with the time to show the world that america keeps our commitments. we do what we say. we lead with the belief that right makes might. not the other way around. we all know there are no easy options. i was not elected to avoid hard decisions, and neither were the members of the house and the senate. i've told you what i believe, that our security and our values demand that we cannot turn away from the massacre of countless civilians with chemical weapons. and our democracy is stronger when the president and the peoples represented as stand together.i am ready to act in the face. i am asking the senate to send a message to the world. thank you very much. >> we strike of congress disapproves? -- will you strike if congress disapproves? in reaction to the president's remarks, house republicans leaders released the following statement -- that joint statement coming from john boehner, house majority leader eric cantor, a conference chair. you can see the house debate live on c-span and senate coverage on c-span two. crea
abortion bill in june. >> c-span, created by americans -- america's abel companies. -- cable companies. thatth the announcement "the washington post" has been sold to jeff bezos, we thought we would take this opportunity to look at changes in the newspaper industry and the potential future of the news industry in general. we have two guests joining us this week. we want to introduce you to alan mutter. insulting,spaper lecturer at the university of california-berkeley on media consultant, lecturer at the university of california-berkeley on media economics. also joining us from our new york studio is edmund lee, the media reporter for bloomberg news. mr. lee, if we could start with you. how big a deal is this sale? in secularig deal terms, at least. in terms of numbers and finance, $250 million is not a lot of money. compared to other media deals, it is pretty small. it is more the fact that it is "the washington post," the storied newspaper. and jeff bezos, on the other side of the country, who is a well-known internet billionaire. despite the fact that he tends to be press shy. it is
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